Google Drive now allows users to edit images in Slides and Drawings

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We have a good news for those who keep their presentation slides in Google Drive. Google announced Tuesday on its blog that images can now be edited by users in Google Slides and Drawings.

The company introduced a range of tools which enable image editing directly from within Slides and Drawings. These include cropping, applying masks, and adding borders to the images. These tools are quite useful since most of us usually end up noticing that some of the images in the slides require a little editing and with these new tools, we no longer need to depend on an external image editing program. » Read the rest

Google lowers cost for Google Drive storage

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Today, on the second anniversary of Google Drive, Google has announced that they are lowering the cost for storage on Google Drive. To buy 100GB of storage previously cost $4.99 per month, and now will only set you back $1.99 per month. To buy 1TB of storage used to cost $49.99 per month, and now it will only cost you $9.99. Users can now buy 10TB of storage for $99.99.

The price difference is substantially lower than before, with a terabyte costing a fifth of what it used to. Of course users can continue to use Google Drive for free with 15GB of storage. Current paying users will automatically be moved to a better plan at no extra cost.

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Google Drive update brings along a tiny widget for document scanning, animated GIF support

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Google Drive is receiving an update today that brings small, useful additions alongside some bug fixes. First up is a new 1×1 widget that links directly to the document scanning feature within Google Drive. Also added in the update is the support for animated GIFs. And, as most updates do, unidentified bug fixes are included.

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Google Drive adds activity stream to show recent changes

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Google_Drive_Splash_BannerToday, Google Drive added a new “activity stream” that makes it easier to track changes in documents that are shared among multiple users. The stream will track edits and comments, as well as actions like adding new spreadsheets, renaming documents, and changing the users who a file was shared with. To access the stream, click the new info button in the top navigation bar, and it will pop up.

The feature will begin rolling out over the next week, so don’t fret if you don’t see it just yet.

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Google Drive spreadsheets gets renamed to Google Sheets with offline support

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Google Drive’s Spreadsheets were pretty good for something simple, but forget it if you wanted to do some serious analyzing. Google is looking to change that by re-introducing them under the Google Sheets name. It’s not just a new name as Google promises that it’s faster, can handle larger spreadsheets, and can be used offline.

They also added a couple of new features, including filter views, function help, and flowing text into empty cells. Filter views is unique to Google, and allows you to save and share different views of your data without actually changing what others see.

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Google Drive for Android gets update, adds find-and-replace features, table management, and other features

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The Google Drive app is seeing an update that should add several productivity features to document editing, including the ability to find and replace text, advanced table management, and names styles for your documents. These features have been available in the web version of Drive, but now they’ll finally be added into the Android app. You can also finally rename scanned documents before you upload them, and tablets can view files in a two-column view.

This is going to be one of Google’s infamous staged rollouts, so keep an eye out for the update in the next few days.

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Gmail rolls out deep Google Drive integration, allows you to view attachments within an email and save anything straight to Drive

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Right on the heels of expanding Gmail’s quick actions, Google is adding some better Google Drive integration into Gmail as well. Now, any attachments in an email can be viewed within your web browser without you having to download the image and clutter up your Downloads folder; documents, PDFs, pictures, you name it. Best of all, you’ll now be able to use Gmail’s fantastic search capabilities to find specific attachments. If you use Google Drive, you’ll also be able to quickly save any attachment to your Drive storage, skipping the need to download the file to your hard drive and then upload it to Drive.

This new feature will only be available to desktop users for now, and it’s going to be rolling out gradually over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for it in your inbox.

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Quickoffice gets updated with more Google Drive integration

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Popular Android productivity suite Quickoffice has been given another update, making it much more integrated with Google Drive. Google bought the suite back in June, and since then we have seen a number of updates bringing Google Drive and Quickoffice closer and closer together.

This particular update means that when Google Drive and Quickoffice is installed on the same device, Google Drive will automatically open documents, spreadsheets and powerpoint presentations. The update also brought a few bug fixes and performance upgrades.

It seems to be only a matter of time until Quickoffice is phased out completely and Google Drive handles all your office needs on your Android Device. The question of when that will be remains unanswered, but in the meantime having both apps is becoming less and less of a problem as they become more integrated with each other.

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Droid Ultra, Maxx, and Mini receiving software updates from Verizon, includes several enhancements and free 50 GB of Google Drive storage

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Do you own one of Verizon’s latest Motorola Droid devices? If you’ve got the Droid Ultra, Maxx, or Mini, you should soon be getting a notification to update your device OTA. While it’s not KitKat, it still includes some pretty handy improvements for the device, including camera tweaks, connectivity enhancements, and a handful of other updated and improved features.

What really makes this device unique is that it installs Google Drive onto your device for you, and if you use it from your device, you’ll be given 50 GB of free storage space for two years. Considering major carriers like Verizon tend to block those kinds of promotions (like what we’ve seen with Dropbox on Samsung devices), it’s great to see this offer being made available to Droid owners on Big Red’s network.

Keep an eye out for the update on your device, and hit the links below if you want to check out the full changelog.

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Google Offering 25-50 GBs Of Google Drive Space On Select HTC Devices

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It would seem the war on free cloud storage has begun and Google is trying to take the lead passing Dropbox on the inside lane. The popular search giant is now offering, for eligible HTC devices (primarily the One and One Max) the ability to snatch a whopping 25-50 GB’s of space on Google Drive for two years. The 50 GB’s is good for all One Max versions out there however, it’s a little confusing when it comes to the regular One’s offerings.

It’s been noted that when the HTC One upgrades to Sense 5.5 (as we’ve seen yesterday with the international version) both the Drive application and BlinkFeed should notify you and could possibly show an upgrade offering to 40 GBs (15 GB’s default + 25 GB’s of free storage). google-driveIn addition, it’s being reported that this excludes the developer edition of the One for now nor does it allow you to get the upgrade with an unlocked bootloader. If you’re looking to bank on the offer, it’s good until January 1, 2016 so you should have plenty of time, especially if you’re thinking of upgrading to a new HTC device in the next several months or more.

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